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UK’s top development official visits Pakistan

The permanent secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development, Matthew
Rycroft, has visited Pakistan to see first-hand how DFID programmes are changing lives.
During his visit to DFID’s largest overseas programme, Mr Rycroft met with Miftah Ismail the
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Dr Aisha Ghouls
Pasha and the Finance Minister for the Government of Punjab, as well as other senior
provincial ministers.

He visited Lahore where he went to a government girls’ school and met teachers and
students. He visited an Aawaz Agaahi Centre (AAC) where he met beneficiaries from
minority groups. He was pleased to hear from women, religious minorities, members of the
transgender community and people with a disability at the centre.
He visited the Business Incubation Centre at the Lahore University of Management Sciences
(LUMS), where he spoke to women entrepreneurs on starting a business in Pakistan.
Speaking at the event, he said:
“The UK and Pakistan have been long-standing partners for 70 years. We are
committed to eradicating poverty and achieving prosperity for the country and its
people. I’m pleased to be here to see how UK aid is working and the real-life impact of
our programmes. We will continue to build stability in Pakistan by investing in start-
ups to promote the culture of entrepreneurship in this country. Pakistan is on the path
to development and I’m confident that it will reach its true potential in the coming

Pakistan is among the UK’s top development priorities and DFID is working in Pakistan
towards the goal of reducing poverty and accelerating economic growth.

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